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About Ph.D. Management at ESSEC Business School

Grounded in the research traditions of the fundamental disciplines of Economics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, the program in-depth specialization in one of the following subfields: Organizational Analysis, Strategy, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Management Control.

The Ph.D. Program in Management provides an all-round education covering both methodological and theoretical debates – familiarity with the full range of qualitative and quantitative techniques is coupled with extensive analysis of the major intellectual paradigms in the social and information sciences.


In this concentration, students can specialize in one of the following subfields (6 over the two-year period, 4 at least must be in the relevant specialization):

  • Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Management: International management, institutions and regulations, Human resources strategies and organizational performance, Identity processes in individuals, groups and organizations, Organizational change and learning, Business history, ethics and organizational governance.
  • Strategy: Corporate and business strategy, Strategic management processes, Entrepreneurship, Game theory, Industrial organization and economics.
  • Management ControlTypes of control and performance management systems Planning, budgeting, information systems and learning, Management accounting change and innovation, Social and psychological approaches in management accounting research.
  • Management Information Systems : Modeling and designing IT applications, Development of information systems, Knowledge management, Data warehousing and decision support, Evaluation of IS applications and success/failure.

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